Lower Back Pain – A common problem.
Lower back pain is a problem for many of us. Almost every second person will be bothered with this annoying ache or lumbago which it’s also called, during their lifetime. It’s also one of the top 10 reasons why people go and see their doctor.
There are many reasons why you hurt in the lower part of your back, but usually, it has to do with strains between muscle and bones. If you have moved or twisted your body in an unusual manner, it can stretch your muscles and trigger the uncomfortable ache.
Here’s a YouTube movie explaining in detail what Low Back Pain really is.
There are two main types of back pains. It’s the back dominating pain which radiates down your back to your butt and hips. This pain can be relieved with bending your body backward or forwards – the way it feels best. The other one is called sciatica and it’s felt as lower back pain while walking or standing. These leg pains are usually caused by your spine pressing on some nerves. This ache will also usually go away, but consult a doctor if it doesn’t.
Usually, the pain will go away in six weeks’ time and relieved with pain reduction medication, but for some, it’s a permanent chronic condition. I’m not a huge fan of putting pills and medication into my body, so I do whatever it takes to avoid that and find other solutions.
Training these muscles will help to increase the chances of not getting back pains.
Help from new technology
A Swiss company called Hocoma has now developed a new small gadget called Valedo that cures lower back pain as well as increases your lower back health over time. It’s a couple of small medical sensor devices you place on the skin on your lower back section and on your chest that measures your movements. The devices itself are fastened to you with medical tape, but an optional belt is possible to purchase. I think I would prefer to use a belt all the time, and it would be a good idea to get one in the package. I’m not sure how long each tape lasts.
The product is developed together with physiotherapists and movement scientists who clearly know how your body is supposed to move to prevent and cure your back pain.
Train with a game
The whole point of this medical device is to mix movement with fun. Together with a game installed on your iPhone or iPad you are led through different back health exercises which make you aware of your movements, spinal stability and muscle control. Valedo recognizes 17 movements, and the game has 45 therapeutic exercises.
I haven’t been able to test this gadget myself yet but it looks very motivational and easy, so I can’t wait to try. They promise a workout can be done in only minutes which are perfect in a busy schedule.
Together with a few minutes with the Muse Brain Sensing Headband during the early hours you’re in for a great day. 🙂
Inside each device is a sensor with a gyroscope, magnetometer, and accelerometer which can monitor movements in all directions. The sensor technology comes from Xsens, who are specialists in developing 3D tracking and motion capture solutions. Bluetooth is used to transfer the motion data to your smartphone app, so you see in real time how to maneuver your torso.
Two Valedo sensor devices are coming in the box along with the medical tape. They are charged with a USB cable which takes 90 minutes according to the user manual.
I love small gadgets like this one. That’s why I find the wearable healthcare market so interesting. Why not quit back pain home remedies and instead try out a piece of technology? I think this might be a great cure for lower back pain.
Where to get it
Check reviews and latest price on Amazon.com.
You can also buy it through get it directly from the Valedo shop. It’s not cheap and costs around 299 Euro.
If you have any comments, experiences with the product or other questions to my Valedo review type it below.